Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS Brief Review

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  • 16.1 MP BSI CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for wireless file sharing
  • 5x Optical Zoom, 24mm Wide-Angle lens
  • 3.2-inch touchscreen LCD
  • Improved Smart AUTO with 58 predefined shooting situations and new FACE ID
  • Lithium-ion Battery
  • Release Date: 2012-03-31
  • Final Grade: 89 B+

B+
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Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS
16.1 MP BSI CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 Image Processor; Built-in Wi-Fi for wireless file sharing; 5x Optical Zoom, 24mm Wide-Angle lens; 3.2-inch touchscreen LCD; Improved Smart AUTO with 58 predefined shooting situations and new FACE ID; Lithium-ion Battery
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

A tad pricey at release, the 320 HS is a decent choice if you want a nice blend of image quality, portability, and Canon reliability. The standout feature here is the built-in Wi-Fi, which in theory means you'll never need to connect the camera to your computer if you have a wireless network. Transfer times are, of course, slower than a direct connection and you must have either a Mac or a PC with Windows 7 for it to work. Other features, besides the touchscreen, are in line with the $30-cheaper 110 HS. These include a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, 24mm wide-angle lens, and 1080p video recording. Plenty of people are having trouble with the touchscreen on this model, so go with the 110HS.

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